What is BEAGLE?

The BEAGLE Program is a four-day, intensive program for incoming freshman Biology, Chemical Biology & Environmental Science majors at Saint Joseph’s University. The goals of the program are to:

-help students make the transition to college-level academics
-help students develop effective study skills
-introduce students to the pace and rigor of college-level science classes
-introduce students to faculty and successful students

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Nicole Butch is a junior biology major who has also performed in a variety of musical and theatre productions here at SJU.  Nicole also works in the lab of Dr. Edwin Li, and she is planning to enter nursing school after graduation next year. 

April Pivonka is a sophomore Biology major and was a student in the 2018 BEAGLE early-move in academic preparation program.  She also works in the lab of Dr. Shantanu Bhatt.

When is BEAGLE?

August 18-21, 2020

Here is last year's (2019) BEAGLE schedule:  2019 BEAGLE Schedule


How do I apply to BEAGLE?

Want to get a head start on success in your Biology courses?

Applications now open for fall '20.  Click on the link below.

Set sail on the BEAGLE program!

For more information about the BEAGLE program, please contact Dr. Shaan Bhatt at

Resident students enrolled in the BEAGLE program are strongly encouraged to live in the Science Residential Learning Community in LaFarge Hall. For more information regarding the Science RLC, please contact Elizabeth Ali at

The BEAGLE program is supported by: Office of Admissions, Learning Resource Center, Department of Biology & the Office of Residence Life